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Know the Limits of Your Home’s Air Conditioner

May 10th, 2021

thermostat-and-woman-72-degreesSometimes an air conditioning system can seem like a magical device. For centuries, people knew how to create heat when they needed it, but they didn’t have methods that could cool the air aside from using water or opening up windows and doors. Then came the electro-mechanical air conditioner at the start of the twentieth century, and we had devices that could send cool air into a room—air cooler than that outside!—with just a few adjustments.

Of course there’s no “magic” to ACs aside from technology. And air conditioners do have limits. You can’t make your air conditioning system turn your house into a freezer, for example (not that you’d want to). A standard residential thermostat has the lowest setting of 60°F. So what are the limits of your home’s AC, and how can you best use this information?

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Spring Tips to Get Your Plumbing in Shape

April 19th, 2021

checkmark-greenNow that we’re starting to experience spring weather, it’s a good time to make sure your plumbing is ready for the middle of the year. Don’t worry: this isn’t as big a job as winter prep, when you’re working hard to make sure none of the pipes freeze. These spring steps are basic maintenance checks and jobs that you can either do yourself or with the assistance of a Burlington, VT plumber. We’re always available to assist you if you should discover anything wrong with your plumbing that needs repair or replacement work right away. 

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It’s Time Once Again for Air Conditioning Maintenance

April 12th, 2021

air-conditioner-condenser-3D-renderWhat’s the best thing you can do for your air conditioning in Essex, VT? Schedule routine maintenance for it from our professionals! And when’s the best time to do it? Spring—right now!

We’re looking forward to the warm weather as much as you are, and we want you to get the most from the coming summer—a summer we all anticipate will be much better than last year’s. Although you can anticipate spending less time in your home than you did last summer, that doesn’t mean you can skip taking care of the AC. This is not the year to skip air conditioning maintenance. It’s as important as ever.

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When the Shower Goes Cold—Why It May Happen

March 29th, 2021

cold-showerNo matter what you have planned when you get up, one important part of facing the day is having that morning shower. And nothing can get your day off to a worse start than to have the water in the shower go cold on you, or possibly have no hot water coming from the showerhead at all.

There are several reasons why you might be getting cold water in the shower, and some aren’t as obvious as you might think. In many cases, you’ll need the assistance of a plumber in Plattsburgh, NY to solve the problem. Our team is here with 24-hour emergency service to see that your shower troubles don’t last long. 

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High Water Pressure? Yes, It’s a Problem

March 15th, 2021

pipe-about-to-burstA common plumbing problem homes encounter is water pressure that’s too low. It’s hard to take a decent shower or manage to clean and cook when the water is only trickling out of faucets and showerheads. But when the water pressure is too high, that’s also a problem. You may not think of it as one, because you can control the strength of the water coming from fixtures. This increased water pressure, however, is a problem for your plumbing system and can inflict damage on it. 

If your home has high water pressure, meaning the pressure is over 60 pounds per square inch, then we recommend you call a plumber in Burlington, VT to find a way to fix it. In fact, we recommend you call one of our plumbers because we offer the high-quality service and fast response you need.

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How to Tell You Need a New Boiler

March 1st, 2021

Condensing_gas_boilerYou’ve had the same boiler for many years providing your home with warmth through the winters. In fact, that boiler may have been in place for decades, since boilers are able to last longer than other types of heating systems like furnaces and heat pumps. 

However, as the winter winds down, you might start to wonder when you’ll need to replace the boiler. It can’t last forever, and you suspect your boiler may be getting close to a point when the next boiler service in Plattsburgh, NY you schedule will be a new installation.

Below we’ve put together a list of some of the common indications that it’s time to replace your boiler.

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Some Helpful Facts About Electric Ignition Gas Furnaces

February 15th, 2021

burners-in-furnaceOnce upon a time, the way gas furnaces ignited their burners was with a standing pilot light. You’re probably familiar with at least a few of these older furnace models since they have a long history. A small gas flame stays lit throughout the winter and, when natural gas flows to the burners, this flame is responsible for igniting the jets to start the heating cycle.

Today, electronic ignition systems have replaced the pilot lights. An electric ignition gas furnace is more energy efficient since it doesn’t have to use gas throughout the winter just to keep the pilot light on. This type of ignition is also more reliable: no more worrying about the pilot light going out.

However, electric ignition gas furnaces can still run into issues, and you may require furnace repair in Burlington, VT to get yours back to work. We’re going to look closer at these ignition systems and provide helpful facts about them.

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Why the Heater Is Shutting Off Too Early

February 1st, 2021

cold-man-and-woman-in-parkasYou expect the central heating system in your house to run long enough to reach the temperature set on the thermostat. That’s its job. A heater should complete a full heating cycle that distributes warmth throughout the house, leaving few cold spots. But if your heater is shutting down after running for less than 15 minutes, or even less than 10 minutes, the house won’t get warm enough. A few rooms near the center of the house may be comfortable, but the rest of the house will be literally left in the cold.

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Why Won’t the Burners in My Gas Furnace Light?

January 18th, 2021

burners-in-furnaceThis is something that will cause a sudden pit of panic in your stomach: it’s a cold winter day and when you turn the furnace on … nothing happens. The burners won’t ignite and you can’t see the blue color of the flames in the cabinet. That means no heat for the house. 

There’s no reason to panic, however, since you can always get the furnace repair in Burlington, VT you need with a call to our professionals. Although there are a few simple troubleshooting steps you can try when a furnace isn’t responding, don’t attempt to make any actual repairs yourself. Only trained professionals can safely repair a gas furnace.

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The Best Way to Deal With Frozen Pipes

January 4th, 2021

frozen-pipeThe great winter fear for plumbing: frozen pipes! It’s a trouble most of us have some familiarity with because of our extreme winters. It’s the reason people tell you to always have your central heater set for at least 55°F when you’re away from home. There may be nobody in the house, but your pipes need a bit of warmth or they might freeze solid and create all types of problems.

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